Week 37 – Why can’t you change the world, but the world can change you?

We can see how things have changed in human history.  As we studied at school, we learned about wars, scientific revolutions, slavery, religion, climate change and everything else related to us humans. We can go century by century and see many discoveries, inventions, theories and a lot more things that contributed to the world which we live in now. We can all agree that some of these changes were helpful, but some of them did not do us any good. Without doubt, the 20th century came to totally change the way we communicate to others and the way we communicate to ourselves. Lots of these changes came from governments, this means some of the changes come in the form of laws and therefore we need to understand and follow them, unfortunately without complaining. Other changes came from the natural resources around us, like the climate change, which we humans are accelerating. We cannot do anything regarding these natural changes, because they can come at any time, and we have no control over them.

However, there are changes that we experience and accept because we want to, like changes in fashion, technology, communication, culture, beliefs, ideologies and so on. The world has a huge impact on us, and without much noticing it we can find ourselves doing things and following people that are not adding anything good to our lives. We need to follow our principles and values. We cannot change the world, but we can change ourselves! We need to be more concerned with what is going on around us, and we need to appreciate the right people and the right things. We live in this world, but the world does not need to live in us. We don’t need to accept all of the changes that the world offers. ”Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17). Don’t let the world change you, instead let God transform you.

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